Private John Saulters


John Saulters was born on 12 September 1895 at 10 Brookmount Street, Belfast, the first of nine children of book-keeper (later ironmonger, then workhouse clerk) John Saulters and his wife Elizabeth (née Sinclair). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 261 Tennant Street, Belfast, with his parents and siblings.

Saulters enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 4 and 29 January 1917 (No.2347 – later Corps of Hussars No.71764). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France in 1917 or 1918. There he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Saulters remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 22 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Saulters returned to Belfast and worked as a civil servant. On 5 September 1923 he married Evelyn Hamilton McCullough in the Donegall Pass Presbyterian Church. The couple lived at Craigside, 199 Belmont Road, Belfast.

Saulters died on 4 April 1940 and was buried in the Dundonald Cemetery.


Belfast News-Letter, 8 April 1940


John Saulters' brother, David Sinclair Saulters, also served in the war, in the Army Service Corps (No. T/111299).